The Full Monty is coming to London’s West End very soon.
To be crystal clear this is not a revival of the ill-fated Full Monty musical the show that appeared at the Prince of Wales theatre. No, this is a brand new production from esteemed play producer, David Pugh. The Full Monty is a brand new play with theatre adaptation and script written by the original screen play writer of the 1997 BAFTA award-winning film, Simon Beaufoy.
The show, or rather the play is directed by Daniel Evans and a set designed by Robert Jones and is set, as per the film, in the city of Sheffield, where it opened at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, on the 2nd February 2013.
The Full Monty is about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose. The film took the world by storm. Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning writer of the film, has now gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole.
Featuring the songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, The Full Monty is brought to the stage by award-winning director Daniel Evans and stars Sidney Cole (Absolutely Fabulous) as Horse, Kenny Doughty (Stella) as Gaz, Craig Gazey (Coronation Street) as Lomper, Roger Morlidge (The English Patient) as Dave, Keiran O’Brien (Nine Songs) as Guy, Simon Rouse (Inspector Meadows from The Bill) as Gerald, with Scott Anson, Tracy Brabin, Caroline Carver, Eamonn Fleming, Elaine Glover, Rachel Lumberg and Ian Mercer.
Choreography is by Steven Hoggett with Lighting Design by Tim Lutkin. Ben and Max Ringham are responsible for the Music and Sound
Yorkshire born Simon Beaufoy said, “Without Sheffield, there would be no Full Monty. It’s been a long road- via Hollywood- but finally the characters are coming back home to the place it all started. Or to put it another way, we are all genuinely chuffed to bits.”
The amazing news is that advance ticket sales for The Full Monty already stand at over two and half million pounds, which bodes well for the show’s opening in the West End.
Prior to coming to London The Full Monty will be touring the U.K. and Ireland from February through to May and after the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre will be moving on to the Birmingham Hippodrome before going to the Bristol Hippodrome; the Canterbury Marlowe Theatre; Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre; Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre; The Belfast Grand Opera House; Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre; Salford’s The Lowry Theatre; Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre; Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion Theatre and finally the Leeds’ Grand Theatre from the 6th to 18th May before arriving in the West End.
The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield is already nearly sold out for its three week run and the other venues are selling fast, so it such to be a hot ticket by the time tickets go on sale for London’s West End.
Tickets for The Full Monty in London will be available from ShowsinLondon.co.uk or call 0871 976 976 7.
We will publish more details for The Full Monty in London as soon as we have them, so watch this space.